“Being of service to others is what brings true happiness” Marie Osmond
The Africa Biblical Leadership Initiative (ABLI) day and evening cohort mentees held two community service events on 14th November 2020: Tree planting at Ngong Forest and giving learning materials to KCPE candidates at Haidemarie, Mathare 4A, Primary School. These community service activities provide opportunities for youth to practice what they have learned in class as well as leading by example.
Tree planting does not seem like such an impactful exercise as compared to other things. This is because it does not have immediate gratification. The impact of tree planting is realized years down the line. After interaction with the Kenyan Forest Service, I realized tree planting is just an event that is part of the whole process of nurturing for the seedlings. That is why it is called tree growing because we do not abandon the trees.
The event was not just about putting the seedlings to the ground but also empowering the community around the Lenana block in Ngong Forest. All the 300 seedlings planted were purchased from the community members’ nursery. The trees would eventually be beneficial to them.
The successful execution of the Kalamu Initiative took Ksh. 350 from different pockets to provide enough materials for the candidates at Haidemarie school.
“It was my first-time planting trees and giving back to Mother Nature. I would encourage all of us to take part in growing trees to ensure that our future generations will enjoy clean air.’’ Purity Mutethya, ABLI evening cohort president
“Seeing the delightful faces of the candidates in the school as they received the academic gifts made it worthwhile. The pupils have hope for a brighter future. ABLI has grown my passion for God’s people and equipped me to be more relevant and efficient as a leader. I am excited about the days to come” Agnes Mutethya, ABLI day cohort president.
A team from the Bible Society of Kenya led by the General Secretary Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki was excited to be part of the tree planting activity. She noted that leadership is about giving back to society hence the mentees should always remember that service to God is man service.
Kudos to the ABLI class of 2020!